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‘The Purge: Election Year’ mirrors national mood

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Universal Pictures

Writer/director James DeMonaco stumbled into a box-office goldmine with his 2013 film The Purge. The $3 million horror film, set in an America where there’s an annual 12-hour period when all crimes — including murder — are legal, raked in more tha... Read more

How to celebrate the Fourth of July from your couch

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History

Televised fireworks displays. Patriotic music. Movies that celebrate Americana. An all-day Twilight Zone marathon. It must be Independence Day again. Read more

‘Our Kind of Traitor’ is a thriller with few thrills

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Studio Canal

Our Kind of Traitor has all the earmarks of an enjoyable, if disposable, contemporary thriller: intrigue, exotic locales, evil Russians, Moneypenny from the James Bond movie Spectre, a John le Carré pedigree, and Ewan McGregor looking... Read more

‘Swiss Army Man’ imaginative but tonally imbalanced

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A24

Flatulence is a key element of Swiss Army Man but the film isn’t exactly a comedy. Read more

‘De Palma’ doc is a friendly reflection on a long career

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A24

The weirdly touching documentary De Palma is catnip for cinephiles, at least those who haven’t written off its subject, filmmaker and eternal provocateur Brian De Palma, decades ago as a hopeless, unrepentant, voyeuristic, Hitchcock-addicted perv. Read more

KRLD-AM adds Melissa Harrison to morning-news anchor team

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CBS Radio Dallas/KRLD

Melissa Harrison, a veteran journalist with a TV-news background, will jump to the radio side on July 1, when she joins Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as a co-anchor of KRLD/1080 AM’s 5 to 9 a.m. newscast. Read more

‘Dead of Summer’ filled with ’80s nostalgia, spooky stuff

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Freeform

Elizabeth Mitchell’s summer camp experiences were never like this. Read more

Sink your teeth into eight days of ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery Channel

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Discovery Channel

Here’s a story that illustrates the persuasive power of television. Read more

Documentary about Brian De Palma puts the director in focus

The way Jake Paltrow describes them, the films of Brian De Palma were a gateway drug, the entry point in his transformation from movie fan to serious cinephile. Read more

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is more sleep aid than cinema

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20th Century Fox

From the metallic shell of the 1996 smash Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich has pulled a seriously lousy sequel, dripping with alien goo and incoherence. Read more

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